10-08-2020 Outdoors

WATERVLIET EQUESTRIAN TEAM… (from the left) Karley Knight 9th grade, Amara Olex 9th grade, Coach Nicole Klimkiewicz, Natalie Knight 12th grade and Yona Klimkiewicz 12th grade. These young ladies participated in three meets this year in August and September, mostly in gaming classes where they shine the most! Yona Klimkiewicz and Natalie Knight took 1st place in the 2-man relay which was the last event of the season, ending their senior year perfectly in 15:22 seconds. The two freshmen on the team, Amara and Karley, pushed through many obstacles and did great for their first year on the team.

Fall bird migration is in full swing and with it comes deadly dangers: window collisions. Glass reflects the landscape and birds think they can continue flying into the “trees.” Predators take advantage of the increase in prey numbers during migration. Even a resident yard bird will take to the “safety” of the reflected trees if a hawk is chasing them. If you find a stunned bird that doesn’t seem injured, put it in a shoebox in a safe place…away from predators and curious human eyes. Don’t try to give it food or water. Just let it be. Every 15 minutes take the box outside and open it. If the bird is okay, it will fly away. If it isn’t flying or is injured, contact a rehabber listed on the Michigan DNR website www.michigandnr.com/dlr/. There are many window covering options to stop future collisions. Go to abcbirds.com to learn about DIY ways to stop the deadly collisions. They estimate about one billion birds sadly losing their life every year in the U.S. due to collisions. At the nature center, we have been using tempera markers, thick string, and sticky dots to cover our windows, all with success. Fall migration can also be a time to enjoy these fall migrants with a walk outside. Sarett naturalists took a bird walk on our trails last week and saw or heard over 33 species (not including any common feeder birds).

WINNING DESIGN… 2020 Watervliet High School graduate Alyssa Schlender was honored at the recent Watervliet Public Schools Foundation meeting for her talented artwork selected as the trademark for the foundation. Though the drawings had been submitted much earlier this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic she was never honored as she should have been. Her artwork can be found on their website, https://wps-foundation.org. Information on donating to the foundation, its mission, and goals can be found on the website as well. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)

Fishing The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that are headed out fishing, to please do their part to keep themselves and others safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if they’re feeling well. Practice proper social distancing (at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in their household) and keep a face covering handy for when social distancing cannot be maintained. Frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer. Fall fishing can be exceptional, but the weather can change quickly, especially on the Great Lakes. Rain and windy conditions this past week on the lakes slowed fishing and limited angler participation. Ellinee Bait & Tackle located on Paw Paw Lake by Coloma reported fishing was slow on the local inland lakes. Those that went out were getting some nice size panfish and crappie. They were fishing 15 to 20 feet down and drifting a minnow under a slip bobber. Paw Paw River